Oh the madness that is trying to get a cab in South Beach at 9PM during Art Basel Miami. We are not going to complain, because there are a lot worse things to do then head to warmth during the cold early December days, but you either go with a gameplan or let the tides take you from place to place. We actually try and accomplish both waves of energy, and we are here to let you know a few fairs to hit up, and perhaps a sandwich shop to dine at. Let us guide you... and this is just the start! So much going on, so stay updated with us as we go through the fairs and say hello to old and new friends.
Wynwood Walls: In our book, there aren't many places in the world to see this many top-notch muralists in one place at one time. Soak it in, be happy you don't have to fly to multiple locations around the globe to see so much talent. http://thewynwoodwalls.com/
The Miami Project: We are very excited about this one. "The inaugural Miami Project, a new contemporary and modern art fair will debut December 4-9, 2012 in Miami's Midtown / Wynwood Art District. Miami Project will consist of presentations by 65 galleries from around the world selected based on the strength and relevance of their programs. This year's show will be housed in a comfortable and centrally located modular structure located at NE 1st Avenue & NE 29th Street." Galleries of note: Richard Heller, Cooper Cole, Catharine Clark, Eric Firestone, Quint Contemporary, and Rena Bransten, amongst other great galleries. http://www.miami-project.com
Pulse Miami: Always a strong scene. "PULSE Art Fair’s signature Pulse Projects program is committed to the presentation and promotion of audience-engaging large-scale sculptures, installations and performances. Pulse Projects is part of our continued mission to link an international roster of premier contemporary galleries and artists with local cultural institutions, communities and audiences." Galleries of note: Jonathan LeVine, La Luz de Jesus, Mark Moore, David B. Smith, Mixed Greens, LeBasse Projects, Joshua Liner, amongst others. http://pulse-art.com
Moving the Still: A GIF Festival: Say no more. We are sold. http://www.juxtapoz.com/Current/moving-the-still
Scope Miami: "110 N.E. 36 St. at Midtown Blvd. Miami, Florida 33138. SCOPE Art Show returns to Miami in 2012 with a new location on the most highly-trafficked gateway to the Midtown Arts District. Located at N.E. 36th St and Midtown Blvd., SCOPE Miami’s monumental 100,000 sq. ft. pavilion will house its most ambitious fair to date, featuring a selection of 20 innovative Breeder Programgalleries presented alongside 85 established international exhibitors. Celebrated as the premier launching pad for contemporary art, SCOPE Miami will run concurrent with Art Basel Miami, December 4 – 9th, 2012." Galleries of note: Ivory & Black, White Walls, Spoke Art, Thinkspace. http://www.scope-art.com
It Ain't Fair: "Since the first installment in 2008, It Ain’t Fair proved an innovative and divergent idea; an exhibition and project providing an alternate experience to the dozens of December art fairs in Miami. The exhibition continued to evolve through the years, yet always reflected its time, excelling at capturing the trends occurring in contemporary art. Over the course of IAF‘s history, OHWOW presented a wide range of work from artists in many disciplines: from Tauba Auerbach to Ashley Bickerton, Cyprien Gaillard to Clayton Patterson, Gang Gang Dance to The Gossip; visual arts, films, and performances coalesced into genre defining examples of the moment." http://oh-wow.com/itaintfair-2012/
Art Basel Miami Beach: The big one, the central fair and the reason we all go down and drink cocktails and talk art. You may see A-Rod walking around, with a tight shirt. "An exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by more than 2,000 artists. On show are exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special sections will feature projects by emerging artists, new artworks, public art projects, performances, video and sound art." Galleries of note: Roberts & Tilton, Blum & Poe, Gagosian, Lisson, David Zwirner... okay you get it. Big guys. http://miamibeach.artbasel.com
Terrywood release at The Standard: Terry Richardson and OHWOW team up for a book release party at The Standard on Friday, December 7.
NADA: Somebody wearing white pants will say "emerging art " at least 4x an hour here. But we always enjoy NADA. Each December in Miami, NADA runs a renowned art fair to vigorously pursue our goals of exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment.” NADA’s fair is held in parallel with Art Basel Miami Beach and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging Contemporary Art. It is the only major American art fair to be run by a non-profit organization." Galleries of note: Ambach + Rice, The Hole, Half Gallery, Ratio 3. http://www.newartdealers.org
Untitled Art Fair: This one will look good, being that they hired K/R to design the fair's structure. "UNTITLED. is an innovation of the traditional art fair model placing emphasis on the quality of the viewer’s experience and the contextualization of the artworks exhibited. Housed in a customized beachfront pavilion under the artistic direction of New York based curator, Omar Lopez-Chahoud,UNTITLED. will present a cohesive collection of international works by contemporary artists selected in conversation and collaboration with 50 galleries participating through invitation. The fair will highlight a mix of established and emerging galleries, representing the most impactful living artists at the forefront of contemporary art." Galleries of note: Loyal, The Hole, The Pool, Monya Rowe. http://www.art-untitled.com
Pool Art Fair: "The simple, modest approach of the PooL Art Fair offers an exciting alternative to the "Art Fair" experience for dealers and collectors as well as the general public. PooL's main purpose is to create a meeting ground for outstanding unrepresented artists and the large public of contemporary art professionals. The fair serves as an invaluable resource for the artistic community and the general public." http://www.poolartfair.com
The Factory Art Show: Hey, our name is with this one! "Juxtapoz Magazine and Mixed Media Collective present 'The Factory' at Wynwood Cigar Factory. The multifaceted, indoor/outdoor art compound will house a vast collection of artwork featuring prominent local and nationally recognized artists. Street Art favorites including 131, Alex Yanes, Myla (of Dabs & Myla), DALeast, Evoca1, Faith47, Jona Cerwinske, Jose Mertz, Lebo, Tatiana Suarez, Toofly and others, will adorn the indoor and outdoor spaces of the Wynwood Cigar Factory’s 15,000 square foot combined area." www.mixedmediacollective.com
Miguel Paredes Pop-Up Show: Kicks off December 2, 2012. 412 lincoln Rd Miami Beach Fl. 33139. http://www.miguelparedes.com
images above: Maya Hayuk from Cooper Cole, Ryan McGinness' mural from Wynwood last year.